And don’t you come back no more, no more

Monday, 20 August, 2012

Hit the road, Barack “It is a sign of just how completely Barack Obama has ‘lost his narrative’ since getting elected that the best case he has yet made for reelection is that Mitt Romney should not be president. In his notorious ‘you didn’t build that’ speech, Obama listed what he considers the greatest achievements of big government: the Internet, the GI Bill, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hoover Dam, the Apollo moon landing, and even (bizarrely) the creation of the middle class. Sadly, he couldn’t mention anything comparable that his administration has achieved.”

Niall Ferguson, there, in Obama’s Gotta Go. As the clock runs down on Carter II, his most overwrought supporters will grasp at any straw to justify his record and, in the end, they’ll be reduced to saying that the greatest achievement of his presidency was opposing Israel. But that dog won’t hunt. When summing up the Obama presidency, Romney and Ryan should point to Eisenhower as an example of Republican competence. Ike sponsored and signed the first civil rights bill since Reconstruction, and he sponsored and signed the Federal Aid Highway Act that gave birth to America’s interstate highway system. He also balanced the budget, while keeping America strong without lessening its stature. Now, that’s a record to be proud of.

“Hit the Road Jack” was written by Percy Mayfield in 1960 and became famous after being recorded by Ray Charles. The song takes the form of an argument between a woman and her good-for-nothing man. He tries to wheedle her into letting him stay, but she’s having none of it: “’cause it’s understood: you ain’t got no money, you just ain’t no good.”

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